/ met DAY OF MOURNING while on
tour out east, they helped our band
get on a show in Sherbrooke. When
we got back to Toronto, I started
seeing Dom at a ton of shows. He
would get me copies of their new
releases. They cranked out new stuff
every month. I was blown away by the
"Your Future's End" release, which
was the first thing he gave me. I am
not a fan of tough guy music, but
these guys are too fun to be tough
guy clones. They've got a real good
sense of humor in that navel-gazing
power violence sort of way. They pay
attention to detail and really give a
shit about having fun. Interview by
MRR: Who is in the band right now,
and what instruments do you play?
Dom: Right now, Day of Mourning is
Fawad (a.k.a. Fudd, on vocals), Jason
(drums), A.T.N, (guitar), Jon (bass), and
myself, Domenic (guitar).
we didn't.. ..so we took some time off and
when our drummer mastered the art of
playing with 9 fingers, we became Day of
Fudd: I met Dom and Jay through my
Imagine a cross between Integrity and
Napalm Death, mixed with some
Bolt Thrower, Hatebreed, and Dismember.
MRR: How long have you been
Dom: In one form or another, this band
dates back to the fall of 1 994. But we've
been going on as Day of Mourning since
the summer of 1998
MRR: How did you all meet? How did
the band form?
Dom: Jason and I have been playing in
bands together since the 6th grade. We
were just a couple of kids playing bad
metal and Ramones covers mixed with
prank phone calls. I still have those
tapes somewhere. We'd call up this kid
and record the conversation, then we'd
call each other and record a bogus
conversation consisting of terrible
questions and accusations. Then, we'd
splice the two tapes together and play it
back to his family's answering machine.
Those were crazy days, but whoa... I'm
going way off topic. We met Fudd at a
Creed show (not the huge mainstream
band out now, it was our band at the
time) because I was friends with his
brother. We just started goofing off
playing Suicidal covers and old
Sepultura songs. By then we decided
that our singer was a geek so we got
Fudd in the band and became Dirge. A
few more years of bad (but sincere)
metai followed and then we started
getting better and better. We started
getting on really good shows, and before
you knew it, there were a lot of kids into
what we were doing. But then, we rolled
our van a few times on tour, and our
drummer lost a finger in the process.
Technically we should have all died, but
younger brother. They used to be in
another band, so my brother, myself and
two other friends went to see them play.
After that, we seemed to bump into each
other on occasion, and Dom asked me if
I would be interested in starting some-
thing with him. The timing of his thoughts
was impeccable because not long after
we had talked, Dom and Jay's band had
called it quits and we started jamming.
Dom: It's a good thing too. Me and Fudd
were in this band called Drop kick... That
was just plain silly.
MRR: In the last little while, D.o.M.
has been plagued by line-up
changes and members moving
out of town. What has hap-
pened with your line-up?
How has that affected the
Dom: Ever since
we first got
pieces. To be
specific, we've had a lot of bass
player changes and a couple of guitar
.changes over the years. Fudd, Jay and I
have been the only consistent members
while others have come and gone.
Drugs, girls, rock star aspirations, sXe
frustration, family illnesses, right down to
being the worst bassist of all time. We've
had a smorgasbord of members come
and go for various reasons. Over the
past little while, we've had friends fill in
for us so that we could play shows, but
that could only have gone so far. We
decided to stop for a while, and look for a
permanent bassist. We found him, his
name is Jon, and we're back on the map.
Our drummer moved to Montreal which
is six hours away,
but he has
he wants to
shows at the
anymore, which sucks hella, because I
really miss that.
Fudd: Aside from being without a bassist
for a long time, the D.o.M. line-up has
been solid. We're just putting things on
hold until Jay finishes school in Montreal.
Dom: Yeah, Fudd's
right, our other guitar
player A.T.N, has .
stuck it through some
tough times, there-
fore I must acknowl-
edge him in this
though he can't read.
MRR: Were you in
Dom: Too many bands. Growing up, Jay
and I had a different band every couple
of weeks.. .too many. The last few (Souls
of Doubt, Creed, and Dirge) were
probably the most notable. A.T.N, used to
be in a rap-metal band where the singer
wore these stupid flight-goggles. That
was pretty classic. Jon has been in a few
bands.. .hmm... Ignorance Never
Settles... In Harms Way.. .Fine Motor
Control and well Fudd, well let's just say
we broke his band virginity, baby. You
read it here first.
Fudd: When me, Dom and Jay started
playing music, we were in a band called
Dirge. This band was pretty much metal
with a slight hardcore influence. We then
dissolved Dirge, and Day of Mourning
was formed. The members who made up
Dirge at the time made up the first line-
up of D.o.M.
MRR: Where did the name Day of
Mourning come from? Does it have
any meaning or significance?
Fudd: Dom made up. the name.
Dom: The idea for a new name came to
me at one of those moments where I
was totally frustrated with life. It happens
to me all the time. I begin to think about
humanity's downfall, how it's all falling
apart and how nobody cares.. .and well,
We rolled our van a few times on tour,
and our drummer lost a finger in the process.
rechincally, we should have died, but we didn't.
We took some time off and when our drummer
mastered the art playing with nine fingers,
we became Day of Mourning.
it's that which makes every day a day of
mourning. Every day. is a day of mourn-
ing. You wake up with bright hopes for a
new day, and you come home rained on.
Now it may seem negative, but really it's
not. It's actually so much more. We're
about using the day of mourning to make
a positive change. It's the classic
hardcore concept of channeling negative
energy into a positive use. Learning from
what goes wrong, and bettering yourself
from it. That's what we're about. Lying
around in an emotional gutter is nothing
more than a waste of time. Alright, posi-
time is over, next question.
MRR: Are any of you involved in any
extra-curricular punk activities (zines,
websites, bands etc)? Tell me about
Dom: XCoalition Against ShaneX is a
band that me and a friend started for the
sole purposes of being idiots and
making fun of people. All of us in D.o.M.
and XCASX have been friends for a long
time, and are complete jokers and fools.
fun of this
all of a
blew up. I
but a lot
I think my
thing about XCASX is the fact that like
95% of the lyrical content, no matter how
shocking.. .is completely true. Yes, we did
make a kid eat a raw onion for a demo,
yes, there was a kid named Tobe that
drank a bottle of pee to amuse us, and
ye.s we did get drunk
metalheads to harass
Corpsegrinder at a Cannibal
Corpse show. We're dorks,
but it's harmless fun, until
someone gets stabbed with
a pitchfork, which actually
happened at a XCASX
show, but that's a story in
itself. We've collaborated
with such heroes (well, to us
anyway) as Dan Lilker of
Brutal Truth, Chris Dodge of Spazz, and
the mighty rock warrior THOR. We did a
couple of demos that went out of print
and were pressed onto the "Down with
the King" CD on XProphecy RecordsX
which is also out of print. Right now, we
have" a split CD with THOR called
"Keepin" the Dogs Away" which is doing
really good. We wanna revive THOR, so
we can tour with him and PILEDRIVER. I
also do a record label called 1 3th Day
Recordings which is basically a project i
have to release stuff by my bands, or
friends' bands. I'm doing the A DEATH
FOR EVERY SIN CD next, it's gonna be
sickening. Real hard stuff... .look for it
MRR: What topics do you sing about?
Fudd: Day Of Mourning's lyrics deal with
rape, abuse, guilt, shame... Even though
topically these subjects don't seem out
of the ordinary, they are things we feel
need to be continually dealt with.
MRR: What are some of the titles of
Fudd: Some of my favorite titles are:
"Enemy Of Angels," "Parable for a
Holocaust," and "Demons Who Wear the
is your favorite song from a lyrical
standpoint and why?
Fudd: My favorite song from a lyrical
standpoint is "Enemy of Angels," and I
have two reasons for this. First, every-
thing I wanted to say about the issue of
rape, and how I view rapists, I felt I said.
The points made in this song were clear
without being preachy. Secondly, I felt I
expressed a perspective on the issue
that is often overlooked, and that is a
rapist or someone who has committed
this sort of atrocity doesn't always fit
some sort of predisposed psychological
profile. Statistically speaking, most of the
males that commit rape do not have a
history of sexually violent behavior.
MRR: Describe your sound for those
who have never heard you before.
Fudd: In a nutshell, we're basically grind/
death metal crossed with hardcore, and
we've got lots of hooks and dance parts.
Dom: Hmm... If you were to really dig into
it, imagine a cross between Integrity and
Napalm Death mixed with some Bolt
Thrower, Hatebreed and Dismember.
Add in a touch of Neurosis and Bloodlet
for flavor, and serve to hardcore kids and
hair farmers alike.
MRR: What bands do you listen to?
Who are your inspirations?
Dom: As of late I've been listening to
Godbelow, the Swarm, Ringworm,
Integrity (always), Legion, Tom Jones,
and Danzig. Musically, I'm inspired by
everything around me musical, or not. I
It-s the classic hardcore concept of channeling
negative energy into positive use, learning from
what goes wrong, and bettering yourself from it.
do blame AC/DC for infecting me with
the rock demon when I was a kid and it
was seeing Madball play that made me
want to play hardcore.
Fudd: I listen to a lot of different kinds of
music aside from hardcore, punk or
metal. Some of my favorite bands/
inspirations are Napalm Death, Suicidal
Tendencies, Bad Brains, Minor Threat,
Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, GBH,
Earthmover, Cold as Life, and Skinny
Dom: My favorite record of all time is
"Freddy Krueger's Greatest Hits." I can
listen to "All I Have To Do Is Dream" over
and over. I'm serious.
MRR: What releases do you have?
Dom: We did a full length CD on Up-
heaval Records in 1 998 called "Reborn
as the Enemy," we did 2 split CDs, one
with Red Sky, and the other with
Clenched Fist, both on 13th Day
Recordings. We did a split 7" with
Hardtime as well as a CD called "Your
Future's End" on Sounds of Revolution
Records, and we've been on a bazillion
comps on United Edge, Endless Fight,
and Back ta Basics to name a few. To
see the whole list, go to our website, it's
pretty hectic once all the compilations
and the demos get involved.
MRR: Do you have any recording
plans in the future? What are they and
Dom: We're recording for a split 7" with
Coalition Against Shane pretty soon, and
doing a full
length the first
week of July for
That should be
Look for it, it's going to be called
"Onwards to Tragedy and Contempt." It's
gonna be classic.
MRR: What are the band's plans?
Dom: Right now, we're just writing
feverishly and rehearsing a lot so that we
sound good on the new album. Our
songs have become a bit more techni-
cally demanding, and we wanna sound
really good and be able to pull it off live
as well. We do the record at the begin-
ning of July, and we're planning to start
touring at the end of July. It's gonna be a
busy time, hanging out with all our
friends from all over and having a lot of
fun. I can't wait.
MRR: Day of Mourning have been a
band plagued with controversy based
on rumors and circumstance. What
are these rumors and how have they
affected the band?
Dom:The common thread is that idiots
with a lot of free time on their hands do
indeed exist in our scene, just as they
exist outside. Some of my favorites are:
Rumor #1 : D.o.M. are a Christian band.
Because we thank God in our records,
some idiot kid made a stink and tried to
boycott us via some Internet campaign.
Threats of violence at our show were
made, none were backed up of course,
they didn't even show up. I got on-line
and defended our stance as having
Christian, Muslim, and atheist members
in the band, and how we don't preach
our religious beliefs through D.o.M. and
the problem disappeared. It returned and
spread once we left the
Midwest, of course. Typical.
Rumor #2: D.O.M. are a neo-
nazi band, as a result of doing
a split 7" with a band that
thanks OLC in their credits,
and because we are are
friends with some controversial
people in the hardcore scene.
This is something we get ostra-
cized for often. We openly do not
agree with ignorant views, but we
still get lumped in as being ignorant
for being friends with people who do.
We're smart enough to
think for ourselves and
know what's right or
wrong. I'm not going to
stop being friends with
they say a lot of stupid
things to intentionally
make people mad. I'm
smart enough to see
it, and I'd expect the
same from anyone
who opens their
mouth and makes up
rumors about us
behind our backs.
We've been con-
fronted in person
once or twice about
this, and when given
a chance to speak
our piece, the rumor gets squashed. Add
in the fact that D.o.M. is comprised of
both white- and brown-skinned mem-
bers, D.o.M. is from a predominately
brown-skinned neighborhood, and that
weVe been playing benefits for ARA
since like 1 996, 1 think it's pretty obvious
that the rumor is just something kids use
for the sake of talking and looking like
they have something to say.
Rumor #3: D.O.M. are a tough-guy band.
Another classic rumor stemmed from the
Midwest because some drunk ran over
some of our gear (wrecking it, thus
making it impossible to use for the rest of
the tour) and our roadie threatened to
beat him up if he didn't pay up for the
damage. We are totally against drunk
driving, that could have been a kid
instead of some drum stands and a
guitar. We made sure that guy knew that
he'd have to pay the price, and he did.
Now the best part comes from the kid
that had booked that show who had also
booked another show for us later on in
the tour. He didn't pay us in full, and
promised to pay the balance of what he
owed us at the next show. We took him
up on that in good faith and when we
returned for the show a week later, the
show was canceled and the kid was
nowhere to be found. We get home from
tour, and these rumors are still abound-
ing. I guess it's true that we are judged
by the company that we keep. We've got
a lot of big, crazy friends that seem to
find trouble, and we get lumped in. Other
instances have all been based around us
getting screwed over somehow and us
standing up for ourselves. Nothing more.
There has never, ever been an incident
where we have bullied anyone to gain
anything. Ask anyone that knows us.
We're not that kind of people.
Rumor #4: D.O.M. are a militant sXe
band. This rumor started from kids that
see us at bigger shows, and are in the
dark as to what we are about. These kids
like to drink and get stupid which is fine,
they see Fudd with his sXe gloves, he
makes comments about his beliefs and
they get upset and talk about how they
like us, but hate sXe. Then this gets
fueled by rumors of us being really
militant, which I must admit, we kinda
fuel sometimes just to be idiots. And it
gets to the point where some kids will
avoid supporting, us because we're sXe
which isn't even true. Only 2/5 members
of D.o.M. (me and Fudd) are sXe.
Rumor #5: D.o.M. aren't a real Toronto
Hardcore band. This rumor stemmed
from our early days when some of us
used to play in a band called Dirge. We
were new kids from a different suburb
that no one was from and knew nothing
about. We liked bad metal, and played
bad metal, but were hella sincere about
it. We put out our own records, toured
tons on our own and still didn't get the
respect at home. We did awesome
everywhere else, and as we progressed
into Day of Mourning, we got pretty big
outside of Toronto, and kids began to
catch on. Some kids insist that we don't
deserve what we have (which isn't really
that much anyway!) and continue to try
and sour our reputation by mixing up the
basic ingredients of the above rumors,
and adding their own flavor. But over
the years, we've come to be accepted
in Toronto. A lot of the kids with mouths
have fallen off, and we're still here,
doing the same thing, being the same
thing: sincere hardcore kids playing
metal, helping out bands from their
scene, and keeping it Dl Y for the past 6
. years. End of story.
MRR: How can people get in touch
Dom: They can write: 7205 Goreway
Dr/PO Box 59065/Malton, Ontario/
Canada, L4T-4J1.They can call (416)
685-0928. They can
or they can check
out our website at
MRR: Any last
words or final
Fudd: Toronto is a
potential hotbed for
Ontario by and
large, are home to
bands. More kids
should realize that
if any one of these
bands were in fact suddenly signed, the
music would still be great. It's time to
disregard all the useless tags of popular-
ity and clique and support bands simply
because they make amazing music.
Dom: Fudd's right, lots of good bands.
Check out Facedown, Countdown to
Oblivion, No Warning, Legion,
H.O.I.B.A.K., A Death for Every Sin, The
End, Confine. I can go on forever. A good
place to start if you are a computer nerd
is: http://sohc.org / . That's it, thanks for
the interview Stephe, and look for the
new album "Onwards to Tragedy and
Contempt" this Rocktober. It'll be the one
with Steve Reniewick on the album